North Melbourne is on the hunt for a new captain after Jack Ziebell announced he will step down from the role after six seasons. Ziebell took over the Kangaroos’ captaincy from Andrew Swallow in 2017, having been part of the club’s leadership group since he was 21. The 31-year-old said on Tuesday: “It’s been an absolute privilege to lead the North Melbourne Football Club for six seasons, a club that means so much to me and my family.”
“The captaincy has been an unbelievably rewarding role, I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity and I’m a better person for the experience. Now that I’ve reached the later stages of my career the time has come for me to hand over the reins. I’ll be there to support the next captain in any way I can and I have no doubt the incoming captain will lead our club with purpose and passion.”
Ziebell was poised to lead the Kangaroos into their first season under new coach Alistair Clarkson. Now, just weeks before pre-season games start, Ziebell has stepped down without a replacement named. Jy Simpkin and Luke McDonald were co-vice captains last year, while the remainder of the leadership group consisted of Kayne Turner, Ben Cunnington, Nick Larkey and Aidan Corr. Watch every match of every round of the 2023 Toyota AFL Premiership Season LIVE on Kayo Sports. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now.
After a decade of loyal service, Jack Ziebell has announced his decision to step down as captain of the North Melbourne Kangaroos.
The 30-year-old midfielder has been at the helm of the club since 2011, leading the team to two finals appearances and a Grand Final in 2015.
Ziebell has been a pillar of consistency for the Kangaroos, playing over 200 games and amassing more than 500 tackles in his career.
The decision to step down as captain was not an easy one for Ziebell, but he believes it is the right decision for the team.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to lead this club for the past decade, and I’m proud of what we have achieved together,” Ziebell said.
“I feel like it’s the right time for me to step aside and allow someone else to take on the responsibility of leading the team.”
Ziebell will remain with the Kangaroos for the 2021 season, and he hopes to continue to contribute to the team’s success.
“I’m still passionate about this club and I’m looking forward to helping the new captain in any way I can,” Ziebell said.
The North Melbourne Kangaroos are yet to announce a replacement for Ziebell, but they are expected to name a new captain in the coming weeks.
Ziebell’s departure leaves a big hole in the leadership group, but the club is confident that they can find a suitable replacement.
No matter who takes over the captaincy, Jack Ziebell will always be remembered as one of the greatest leaders in the history of North Melbourne.